Today in Georgia (US) History

Georgia (US): Atlanta - Augusta, GA

Historical Events

Events 1 - 100 of 122

1732-06-09 - Royal charter for Georgia granted to James Oglethorpe
1733-02-12 - Georgia founded by James Oglethorpe, at site of Savannah
1736-02-05 - Methodists John & Charles Wesley arrive in Savannah, Georgia
1742-06-09 - Battle of Bloody Marsh-Spanish assault on Simons Island, Georgia
1749-10-26 - Georgia Colony reverses itself & rules slavery is legal
1777-02-05 - Georgia becomes 1st US state to abolish both entail & primogeniture
1778-12-29 - British troops occupy Savannah, Georgia
1783-07-24 - Georgia becomes a protectorate of tsarist Russia
1785-01-27 - 1st US state university chartered, Athens, Georgia
1786-02-13 - Abraham Baldwin selected president of University of Georgia
1788-01-02 - Georgia is 4th state to ratify US constitution
Page one of the original copy of the Constitution of the United StatesPage one of the original copy of the Constitution of the United States 1788-02-01 - 1st US steamboat patent issued, by Georgia to Briggs & Longstreet
1801-03-03 - 1st US Jewish governor, David Emanuel, takes office in Georgia
1823-12-19 - Georgia passes 1st US state birth registration law in US
1825-02-12 - Creek Indian treaty signed. Tribal chiefs agree to turn over all their land in Georgia to the government & migrate west by Sept 1, 1826
1848-12-26 - William & Ellen Craft escape from slavery in Georgia
1856-03-05 - Georgia becomes 1st state to regulate railroads
1861-01-03 - US Ft Pulaski & Ft Jackson, Savannah, seized by Georgia
1861-04-08 - US mint at Dahlonega, Georgia, seized by confederacy (US Civil War)
1862-04-11 - Rebels surrender Ft Pulaski, Georgia-Rebels surrender
1862-04-12 - Union troops occupy Fort Pulaski Georgia
1863-02-28 - Confederate raider "Nashville" sinks near Fort McAllister, Georgia
1863-03-03 - Federal ironclad ships bombard Fort McAllister, Georgia
1863-10-28 - Battle at Wauhatchie, Georgia: 865 killed or injured
1864-02-22 - -27] Battle at Dalton Georgia
1864-02-27 - 6th & last day of battle at Dalton, Georgia (about 600 casualties)
1864-04-17 - Bread revolt in Savannah, Georgia
1864-05-05 - Campaign in Northern Georgia - Chattanooga GA to Atlanta GA
Union General William Tecumseh ShermanUnion General William Tecumseh Sherman 1864-05-06 - US Civil war: General Sherman begins advance to Atlanta Georgia
1864-05-13 - -16] Atlanta Campaign: Battle of Resaca Georgia
1864-05-17 - Battle of Adairsville Georgia, Union forces Confederates to retreat
1864-05-19 - Skirmish at Cassville Georgia
1864-06-01 - Confederate cruiser Georgia sold to a British merchant in Liverpool.
1864-06-12 - Skirmish at Mcafee's Cross Road Georgia, about 57 dies in battle
1864-06-15 - -17] Skirmish at Gilgal Church, Georgia
1864-06-16 - Skirmish at Golgotha, Georgia
1864-06-17 - -18] Confederate troops pull back out Solves/lost Mt, Georgia
1864-06-17 - Skirmish at Mud Creek/Noyes's (Nose) Creek, Georgia
1864-06-19 - Skirmish at Pine Knob Georgia
1864-06-20 - Skirmish at Lattermore's Mills/Powder Springs Georgia
1864-06-22 - Skirmish at Culp's (Kulp's) House, Georgia
1864-07-04 - -9] Battle at Chattahoochee River, Georgia
1864-07-26 - Battle at Ezra Chapel (Church), Georgia [Hood's Third Sortie]
1864-08-14 - -16] Confederate General Joe Wheeler besieges Dalton, Georgia
1864-08-31 - Atlanta Campaign: Battle of Jonesboro Georgia, 1900 casualties
1864-09-01 - 2nd day of battle at Jonesboro Georgia, about 3,000 casualties
1864-11-11 - Sherman's troops destroy Rome, Georgia
1864-11-16 - Confederate retreat at Lovejoy, Georgia
1864-11-21 - -22] Battle at Griswoldville, Georgia
1864-11-22 - American Civil War Battle at Griswoldville, Georgia, ends after 650 casualties
1864-11-23 - -25] Battle at Ball's Ferry Georgia (30 casualties)
1864-11-25 - Confederate retreat at Sandersville, Georgia
1864-11-26 - Confederate troops vacate Sandersville Georgia
1864-11-26 - Skirmish at Sylvan Brutal/Waynesboro, Georgia
1864-11-27 - 2nd day of Battles at Waynesboro, Georgia
1864-11-28 - 3rd day of Battles at Waynesboro/Jones's Plantation, Georgia
1864-11-29 - 4th & last day of skirmishes at Waynesboro, Georgia
1864-12-01 - Skirmish at Millen Brutal, Georgia
1864-12-02 - Skirmish at Rocky Creek Church, Georgia
1864-12-03 - Skirmish at Thomas' Station, Georgia
1864-12-07 - Skirmish at Ebenezer Creek/Cypress Swamp, Georgia
1865-04-13 - Sherman's march through Georgia begins
President of the Confederate States of America Jefferson DavisPresident of the Confederate States of America Jefferson Davis 1865-05-10 - US Civil War: Confederate President Jefferson Davis captured by Union troops at Irwinsville Georgia
1867-02-14 - Morehouse College organizes (Augusta Georgia)
1870-01-10 - Georgia legislature reconvenes
1870-07-15 - Georgia becomes last confederate to be readmitted to US
1871-01-16 - Jefferson Long of Georgia sworn in as 2nd black congressman
1871-02-01 - Jefferson Long of Georgia is 1st black to make an official speech in House of Reps (opposing leniency to former Confederates)
1893-12-20 - 1st state anti-lynching statute approved, in Georgia
1897-08-04 - Henry A Rucker appointed Collector of Internal Revenue for Georgia
1905-09-22 - Race riot in Atlanta Georgia (10 blacks & 2 whites killed)
1906-09-22 - Race riot in Atlanta Georgia, kills 21
1909-05-17 - White firemen on Georgia lroad strike to protest against hiring blacks
1911-08-28 - 45.7 cm rainfall at St George, Georgia (state record)
1913-02-28 - 6.8-m, 4000-kg elephant seal killed, South Georgia (S Atlantic)
1915-08-15 - Journalist Albert Siegfried Bettelheim, convicted of murder in Georgia
1922-03-15 - 1st southern radio station begins (WSB, Atlanta Georgia)
1922-10-03 - Rebecca Felton of Georgia becomes 1st woman in Senate
1926-02-09 - Teaching theory of evolution forbidden in Atlanta, Georgia schools
Gangster Al CaponeGangster Al Capone 1932-02-02 - Al Capone sent to prison (Atlanta, Georgia)
1933-09-25 - 1st state poorhouse opens in Smyrna, Georgia
1936-04-06 - Tornado, kills 203 & injuring 1,800 in Gainesville Georgia
1940-01-27 - -17°F (-27°C), CCC Camp F-16, Georgia (state record)
1942-12-08 - 8th Heisman Trophy Award: Frank Sinkwich, Georgia (HB)
1943-08-25 - US forces overrun New Georgia in Solomon Islands during WW II
1949-06-09 - Mrs Georgia Neese Clark of Kansas becomes 1st woman treasurer of US
1951-09-09 - Louise Suggs wins LPGA Carrollton Georgia Golf Open
1952-07-24 - 112°F (44°C), Louisville, Georgia (state record)
1953-02-19 - Georgia approves US 1st literature censorship board
1954-04-04 - Louise Suggs wins LPGA Carrollton Georgia Golf Open
1957-02-14 - Georgia Senate unanimously approves Sen Leon Butts' bill barring blacks from playing baseball with whites
Musician Ray CharlesMusician Ray Charles 1960-11-14 - Ray Charles' "Georgia On My Mind" reaches #1
1961-01-11 - Racial riot at University of Georgia
1962-02-12 - Bus boycott starts in Macon, Georgia
1962-07-10 - Martin Luther King Jr. arrested during demonstration in Georgia
1962-07-27 - Martin Luther King Jr. jailed in Albany Georgia
1962-08-15 - Shady Grove Baptist Church burned in Leesburg Georgia
1962-09-25 - Black church is destroyed by fire in Macon Georgia
1966-09-06 - Race riot in Atlanta, Georgia
1967-01-09 - Georgia legislature seats Rep Julian Bond

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 60 of 60

1696-12-22 - James Oglethorpe, England, General/author/colonizer (Georgia)
1825-06-05 - Jabez Lamar Monroe Curry, Georgia, educator (Rep-Ala, 1857-61)
1829-01-30 - Alfred Cummings, Georgia, Brig Gen (Confederate Army), (d. 1910)
1868-01-15 - Noach Zjordanija, Georgian veterinarian/premier (1918-21)
1876-07-17 - Rosa Jackson Lumpkin, lived to be 115 years old, born in Flint, Georgia (d. 1991)
1877-09-10 - Georgia B D Camp Johnson, US, poet/playwright (Autumn Love Cycle)
1885-04-29 - Wallingford Riegger, Albany Georgia, composer (Bacchangle)
1887-11-15 - Georgia O'Keefe, Sun Prairie Wisc, sculptor/painter (Cow's Skull)
1893-07-01 - Walter Francis White, Atlanta Georgia
1893-07-07 - Vladimir Mayakovsky, Soviet Georgia, poet (Ode to Revolution)[NS=7/19]
1893-07-19 - Vladimir Mayakovsky, Soviet Georgia, poet (Ode to Revolution)[OS=7/7]
Golfer Bobby JonesGolfer Bobby Jones (1902-03-17) 1902-03-17 - Bobby Jones Jr, amateur golfer (Grand Slam 1930), born in Atlanta, Georgia,
1903-06-06 - Aram Il'yich Khachaturian, Tiflis Georgia, musician/composer (Gayane)
1907-02-10 - Grace Hamilton, 1st African American member of Georgia state legislature
1920-08-17 - Georgia Gibbs, Worcester Mass, singer (Ballin the Jack, Kiss of Fire)
1926-08-15 - Georgiann Johnson, Decorah Iowa, actress (Marge-Mr Peepers)
1927-08-18 - Rosalynn Smith Carter, Georgia, 1st lady (1977-1981), Jimmy's lust
1928-03-18 - William R Boggs, Georgia, Brig Gen/chief of engineers under Bragg
1929-01-19 - Ulu Grosbard, Belgium, actor (Straight Time, Georgia, Falling in Love)
1929-05-21 - Charles Wadsworth, Barnesville Georgia, pianist (Lincoln Center)
Musician Ray CharlesMusician Ray Charles (1930-09-23) 1930-09-23 - Ray Charles [Robinson], Albany Ga, singer/pianist (Georgia), (Georgia on My Mind, Mess Around) (d. 2004)
1931-09-19 - Brook Benton, soul vocalist (Rainy Night in Georgia)
1933-02-05 - Nick Georgiade, actor (Untouchables, Run Buddy Run), born in NYC, New York
1935-08-10 - Giya Alexandrovich Kancheli, Georgian composer (Night Prayers)
1936-10-28 - Charlie Daniels, Wilmington NC, singer (Devil Went Down to Georgia)
1937-03-29 - Billy Carter, Plains Georgia, brother of Pres Carter
1937-07-31 - Isabelle F Daniels, Jakin Georgia, 4X100m relayer (Olympic-bronze-56)
1938-09-08 - Sam Nunn, American politician (Sen-D-Georgia, 1972 - 1997)
1940-02-21 - John Lewis, (Rep-D-Georgia)
1941-07-01 - Sally Quinn, Georgia, CBS newscaster (Morning Show)
1942-08-25 - Nathen Deal, (Rep-D-Georgia)
1942-09-09 - John Linder, (Rep-R-Georgia)
1944-10-15 - Mac Collins, (Rep-R-Georgia)
1945-06-23 - Paul Goddard, Georgia, rock bassist (Atlanta Rhythm Section)
1947-02-04 - Sanford Bishop, (Rep-D-Georgia)
1947-09-09 - Freddy Weller, Georgia, rocker (Paul Revers & The Raiders)
1948-07-28 - Georgia Engel, Wash DC, actress (Georgette-Mary Tyler Moore Show)
1949-10-26 - Kevin Sullivan, wrestler (WCW/ECW/SMW/NWA/Georgia/CWFI)
1955-03-17 - Cynthia McKinney, (Rep-D-Georgia)
1955-04-14 - Simone Griffeth, Savannah Georgia, actress (Death Race 2000, Amanda's)
1955-04-24 - Jack Kingston, (Rep-R-Georgia)
1957-02-28 - Cindy Wilson, Athens Georgia, rock vocalist (B-52's-Love Shack)
1957-04-23 - Jan Hooks, Decatur Georgia, comedienne actress (SNL, Designing Women)
1958-03-20 - Holly Hunter, Conyers Georgia, American actress (Broadcast News, The Piano)
1964-09-28 - Susan Walters, Georgia, actress (Lorna-Loving, Mary Beth-Dear John)
Actress Julia RobertsActress Julia Roberts (1967-10-28) 1967-10-28 - Julia Roberts, Smyrna Georgia, actress (Mystic Pizza, Pretty Woman)
1967-11-02 - Darla Michele Pruett, Canton Georgia, Miss Georgia-America (1991)
1968-02-09 - Paul Claxton, Vidalia GA, Nike golfer (NIKE Central Georgia Open-38th)
1968-08-18 - Griffin Drew, Hazelhurst Georgia, actress (Dinosaur Island)
1969-03-29 - [Jane] Kim[berly] Batten, McRae Georgia, 400m hurdler (Oly-silver-96)
1971-03-28 - Damien Marsh, Georgia, Australian 100m/200m swimmer (Olympics-96)
1971-04-02 - Jenny Craig, Miss Georgia USA (1996)
1971-04-15 - Guivi Sissaouri, Tbilisi Georgia, Canada freestyle wrestler (Oly-s-96)
1971-11-17 - Audra Keller, Macon Georgia, tennis star (1993 Futures-Evansville IN)
1972-03-13 - Shea Olliff, Augusta Georgia, Miss America-Georgia (1997)
1973-11-15 - Rachel Kathleen English, Thomaston Ga, Miss America-Georgia (1996)
1974-04-22 - Georgia Goettmann, model (Cosmo-May 1995)
1974-08-20 - Denesha Reid, Miss USA-Georgia (1997)
1979-06-06 - Summer Newman, Miss Georgia Teen USA (1996)
1980-05-28 - Cheri Wheeler, Miss Georgia Teen USA (1997)

Famous Deaths

Deaths 1 - 10 of 10

1812-09-12 - Pyotr I Bagration, Georgian/Russian ruler/general, dies in battle
1913-02-28 - Elephant seal, 6.8-m, 4000-kg, killed in S Georgia (South Atlantic)
1915-08-17 - Leo Frank, American convict, hanged in 1915 by a lynch mob in Georgia
1953-01-11 - Noach Zjordanija, Georgian Premier (1918-21), dies at 84
1966-05-14 - Georgia BD Camp Johnson, US poet/playwright, dies at 88
1986-03-06 - Georgia O'Keefe, US painter (Flowers), dies at 98
1992-04-07 - Alix Talton, former Miss Georgia, dies of lung cancer at 72
1994-12-03 - Giorgi Chanturia, Pres of Georgia, assassinated
1995-10-26 - Georgia Neese Gray, 1st Woman Treasurer of USA, dies at 95
Musician Ray CharlesMusician Ray Charles (2004-06-10) 2004-06-10 - Ray Charles, Grammy winning crooner who blended gospel and blues, dies aged 73


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